CHAPTER IV
CONSPIRACY OF OFFICERS

THE GOVERNMENT DID not cease in its efforts to reach an agreement with the Opposition, and redoubled its efforts towards a pact to hold elections. The efforts of the Opposition along the same line were more apparent than real, because while these discussions were taking place, the conspiracy persisted. Public opinion continued to resist calls to sedition. This was demonstrated by the people when public disturbances were planned.

On April 4, 1956, one of these plots in the form of a military conspiracy was revealed. Col. Ramón Barquín López, recently promoted to that rank by Presidential decree, was designated to attend the conference to be held in the Dominican Republic concerning the submarine platform of the Caribbean. He needed personal instructions and, instead of going directly from Washington, went first to Havana. At that time he enjoyed the confidence of the Government, holding the position of Military Attaché, and was the Cuban Representative to the Inter-American Defense Board. He conferred with me in my residence at Ciudad Militar, Camp Columbia.

With urgent matters awaiting my attention, I had to receive him standing out-of-doors. The conversation lasted about half an hour. He did not reveal by gesture or word that he was dissatisfied or that he was involved in any subversive plan. On the contrary, he praised me and my Administration, exclaiming enthusiastically that "never had the Cuban people enjoyed such prosperity and Cuba could not be happier with the impetus we

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